Manchester City have launched an investigation after the Aston Villa goalkeeper was assaulted during a pitch invasion – with Sky pundits Gary Neville and Roy Keane calling the perpetrators “idiots” and “scum”. residue”.
It happened when fans flooded the Etihad Stadium after Man City Win the Premier League with a remarkable comeback.
Video shows Robin Olsen being touched or slapped on the back of the head by a fan, pushed by another, before a third man hits him in the face – although it’s unclear if that was the case. intentional or not.
Olsen is “absolutely fine” but has been “smashed in the head”, said Aston Villa – who consider the matter closed and will not complain.
It follows other recent pitch encroachment incidents, including a fan who was jailed for headbutting Sheffield United’s Billy Sharpand Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira engaged in a melee with an Everton supporter.
Former Manchester United stars Neville and Keane said they were extremely worried.
“Running on the field is obviously a lot of fun – they won the league – so I get that,” Neville said.
“But attacking opposing players on the pitch, where does this come from? Why does it happen? … It’s absolutely ridiculous.”
Keane, who played with Neville at Manchester United, called it a “disgrace” and suggested that someone might even “do something silly like stab a player”.
“A player or a manager will be seriously injured,” he said.
Manchester City said it wanted to “sincerely apologize” to Olsen.
“The club has launched an immediate investigation and once identified, the individual responsible will be banned indefinitely,” it said in a statement.
The FA will also investigate and say it is “very concerned about the increase in anti-social behavior from fans as we conclude the season”.
It said: “Clubs play an important role in addressing this issue and they need to prevent turf encroachments from happening, as well as take action against violations of the rules. rules and laws.
“The FA will try to do all it can to work with the clubs as well as solve the problems from a disciplinary perspective.”